Bill Shankly to be star attraction on union heritage trail?

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date: 4 July 2007

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Bill Shankly to be star attraction on union heritage trail?

Former Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly will be one of the attractions on a union heritage trail being devised as part of Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year 2008.

The Liverpool great, who died in 1981, is one of the city's most famous names being considered for the trail, which will take in prominent places and landmarks in the city's union history. As a firm believer in the trade union movement, the Scottish footballing hero is one of the first pencilled in as plans for the trail take shape.

Liverpool-born trade unionist Jack Jones and figures from the city's musical and seafaring past are being discussed as possible subjects for the trail by its organisers, who include the TUC, individual unions and artists. An exhibition would be held to feature further details about the people and issues highlighted by the trail.

The trail has been devised as the TUC draws up its Arts and Cultural Strategy. This will be finalised in time for Liverpool's year as Capital of Culture.

Other plans for Liverpool '08 being drawn up by the TUC include:

A photograph and short film competition for young people to enter using their mobile phones or disposable cameras. The entries will be exhibited in a gallery and on a website.

A live performance piece created by artists from the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Germany. The piece, called '@ work'' would be about work and modern-day issues such as migrant workers.

Proposals to commission a professional photographer to capture on film what happens 'behind the scenes' for those working in Merseyside's museums, theatres and arts venues.

Although this work is set to be completed for Liverpool's year as Capital of Culture, the TUC's Arts and Cultural Strategy will be a national project.

The strategy is intended to promote closer links between trade unions and artistic communities. It will examine how Lottery funding can be obtained for future collaborations between the TUC and the arts, including other events for Liverpool '08.

TUC Regional Secretary, Alan Manning said, 'We want to celebrate working people and the trade union contribution to life and culture in Liverpool and the events that are being planned for Liverpool are being seen as the crucial first stages in the development of the national strategy.'

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